News Corp gives Republicans $1m donation

WASHINGTON -- Rupert Murdoch has never disguised the colour of his politics, but New Corporation's move to donate $1m to the Republicans is still seen as a bold and controversial step that has sparked accusations of partisan politics.

The donation from the news group, which owns the conservative Fox News and The Wall Street Journal, is one of the biggest ever given by a media group to a political party.

The New York Times reports that Murdoch has donated the money to the Republican Governors Association as the GOP fights to win back seats in the November mid-term elections. The Democrats currently hold 26 governor seats, but the Republicans are expected to win more in November including in traditional Democratic states.

The contribution by News Corp made the media firm "an appendage of the Republican Party," according to liberal watchdog Media Matters for America.

In response News Corp spokesman Jack Horner said that the company had "always believed in the power of free markets, and organisations like the RGA, which have a pro-business agenda, support our priorities at this most critical time for our economy".

Horner added that the donation had been made by the company's corporate side with no involvement of its news operation.

"There is a strict wall between business and editorial," Horner said. The company has in the past donated to both major parties, but never anything approaching this large a contribution.

The Democratic National Committee emailed journalists and said the donation showed that Fox News' "Fair and Balanced" strapline had been "rendered utterly meaningless". Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the DNC called Fox News' political coverage "partisan propaganda".


Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Six Nations 2016: Why it's never been easier to target rugby fans

Six Nations 2016: Why it's never been easier to target rugby fans

The success of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the Six Nations coming to terrestrial commercial TV means it has never been a better time to target rugby fans, argues RadiumOne's Rupert Staines.

Share
UK Super Bowl fans on social media: Paddy Power and FA are most followed brands

UK Super Bowl fans on social media: Paddy Power and FA are most followed brands

Over half a million Twitter users in the UK now follow American football-related accounts. Starcount, the social media data analytics company, discovered what people, brands and other sports rank high among their interests.

Share
Campaign Viral Chart: Heinz Super Bowl ad in top spot

Campaign Viral Chart: Heinz Super Bowl ad in top spot

The Heinz ad featuring dogs dressed in hot dog costumes was the most-shared ad this week in a chart full of Super Bowl ads ahead of the big game on Sunday.

Share

Get news by email